By Jillian Daley
The Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) announced Sept. 28 that it had designated Portland State University College of Education’s (COE) Maika Yeigh as the new liaison to the Executive Board of the Oregon State Literacy Association (OSLA).
Yeigh will replace Ulrich “Rick” Hardt, emeritus faculty member of the COE. Yeigh, who serves on the OCTE Board of Directors, is an assistant professor in the COE’s Curriculum and Instruction Department. Yeigh is a licensed K-12 reading specialist who worked in schools in the Portland area for two decades before coming to the COE. She also writes the “Secondary Reading” column in the OSLA newsletter, The ORacle.
The OCTE strives to promote professional development and improve English languages arts instruction, and holds the annual Oregon Writing Festival at PSU and conferences throughout the area. OSLA is an affiliate of the International Literacy Association, and OSLA’s mission is to serve “as a driving force for the development of literacy in our schools and communities and to foster a lifelong love of reading.”